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Chloe Cushman

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Brexit's super Saturday

New uses for social media

Pinterest is the only place on the internet where people want ads. Once a simple place to find inspiration for DIY projects, the platform has become a power tool for online shopping.

How Pinterest became the only place on the internet where people want ads

I’m surprised Pinterest isn’t valued a lot higher because of this. I mean, A LOT higher. Basically, by making the tie-in to ads and purchases all organic to the experience of using the site, they achieve the holy grail of e-commerce, and they could monetize their position both ways, plus enjoy the fact

I’m surprised Pinterest isn’t valued a lot higher because of this. I mean, A LOT higher. Basically, by making the tie-in to ads and purchases all organic to the experience of using the site, they achieve the holy grail of e-commerce, and they could monetize their position both ways, plus enjoy the fact that their user base effectively creates their content, provides quite possibly the most detailed consumer profile possible, and evangelizes it all to their social circle, as well as cultivating broader-based followers across the internet. Plus, it’s easy to get sucked into spending time on Pinterest, and somehow that time spent feels enriching and fun. I don’t think I’d ever describe having to browse and use Amazon’s horrible search as “fun” or enriching, and same for Google Shopping or any other e-tailer.

The case of Pinterest proves the marketing theory of search. If you present a willing consumer with choices or alternatives for products they are looking for, they are likely to search from those alternatives. Else ads are just a nuisance

Indians are learning English through TikTok. China's viral video-sharing app just launched an educational initiative in India.

Indians are learning English through TikTok

It seems like ByteDance is trying to use the massive popularity of TikTok for something other than just being really fun.

Indians are using a Chinese app to teach one another English. Although it's an innovative use of social media, I'm a bit skeptical about TikTok's ability to revamp its image. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing. The specter of Chinese influence looms large.

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people works in its favour. For the next court case, TikTok will at least have something positive to show for why it should be allowed to stay in the country.

The future of cars

The world’s downtowns are giving up on personal cars. In recent years, cities have begun to banish cars from specific streets or entire districts.

The world’s downtowns are slowly giving up on personal cars

I live in Los Angeles and were considering things like this as well except our public transit is terrible compared to other places. As long as the infrastructure can support having no cars, great!

It was a shame that the urban streetcar lines were all ripped out because of GM and Big Oil. Yet another stupid, awful and selfish mistake made by capitalism. Who would have thought? A system based on selfishness, greed and power is responsible for screwing over pretty much everyone in short-sighted

It was a shame that the urban streetcar lines were all ripped out because of GM and Big Oil. Yet another stupid, awful and selfish mistake made by capitalism. Who would have thought? A system based on selfishness, greed and power is responsible for screwing over pretty much everyone in short-sighted grab for profits... and we’re just supposed to accept this garbage?

Let’s start laying down a new urban streetcar system on these car-free streets - and expand from Market. I’ve always thought that Fillmore street would make a great no-car bus rapid transit line north/south. It’s only one lane in each direction for most of it, and the cars currently delay the busses, which delay the cars, and it all just slows to a crawl. Get rid of the car traffic and prioritize the signals at cross streets for busses (or ideally, a streetcar líne) and you could actually get from Market Street to the Fillmore, Pacific Heights, and the Marina much faster. Unlike the other North/South streets that parallel to each side, which are either arterials for cars or more residential with stop signs every block, Fillmore is slightly commercial but low-ish capacity and underutilized. But really, what SF needs is a lot more subways! Transit trying to compete with car congestion sucks.

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and may even reconstitute a sense of community as people interact more. The key is access for service and delivery vehicles and easy alternative transport for longer distance travel like trains tramways buses and shared taxis.

India's wealth gap

Chinese censorship goes global

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem. The broad strokes of censorship in China are common knowledge. But over the past week or two, the world began to wake up to the fact that China’s censorship machine is now a global phenomenon. ✦

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about free speech hurting feelings, in the covert it manipulates social media in the west with disinformation.

Western companies need to decide how much to give up in ethics and basic rights in order to gain access to a market.

Outsiders' self-censorship follows a familiar pattern. When a Westerner runs afoul of Chinese nationalist ideology, they tend to follow the crude strategy of "apologize, play dumb, shut up."

The world needs to stop self-censoring about Hong Kong

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually the right thing doesn’t produce more harm than good.

One small step

Two women walked in space. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station for a historic spacewalk that doubles as a metaphor for what it's like to be a woman full of ambition in 2019.

The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk

Today was the first-ever all-women spacewalk, this moment is historic and will inspire so many girls to come. But getting here to this moment is a reminder of women trying to succeed in a world made for men

A moment to celebrate for all women. Lets make the spacesuit fit for many more women to come. Lets break down the bias so that this story - while spectacular, can become the norm and our children will see no boundaries nor be marginalized in the future simply for being female.

The future of gaming

Call of Duty turns down the loot. Players of the latest edition of the military-themed first-person shooter will no longer be able to pay for a chance of getting better at the game. Ridding loot boxes is a big step for the company, which generated $4.2 billion in revenue last year.

Call of Duty won’t be the last high-profile game to get rid of loot boxes

As an avid gamer I am extremely happy about this! This returns the game to a more skill-based system rather than a “pay to win” model. If you want pay to win, play mobile games or Fortnight and try not to get eliminated by some 8 year old who stole his moms credit card to buy better weapons.

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes are more aligned with player engagement b/c you buy the pass and in order to maximize all its benefits you have to play more, play with friends, complete challenges, etc. to unlock things. Brilliant from a user engagement standpoint vs dumb chance loot boxes.

Top dollar TV

Can you hear me now?

Brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers. The loudest models may have noise levels of up to 112 decibels—louder than a plane taking off, a freight train, or a live rock concert.

More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles. Annoy your neighbors crank the volume.

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting from sun roofs and open windowed sedans (you know who you are), trucks endlessly backing up (to seemingly nowhere), children mid-meltdown, sloshing drunks, recycling foragers clanking $.05 bottles, children on the verge of a meltdown, couples on the verge of a meltdown and finally, yes, leaf blowers and lawn care equipment.

I want peace but I’m wrapped in red tape. An ode to city life.

Noise pollution is one of the next major challenges to overcome, and the solutions cannot only come from technology advances. Machines, even the quietest, generate their own low-level noise that contributes to both overall pollution and the insistent, steady thrum.

Talkin' Texas

The Lone Star State, but make it fashion. The world’s biggest luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, is investing $50 million into a bag production factory on a Texas ranch south of Fort Worth. They have good reasons why.

Why Louis Vuitton opened a factory on a ranch in Texas

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can only use if 100% of their products are sourced there. The leather isn't entirely from Texas (which is a bit odd) but this issue has also hindered the watch world.

There so much more under this hood, but kudos to LVMH for this news.

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Doctors Who Get Gifts From Opioid Sales Reps Prescribe More Opioids

Doctors Who Get Gifts From Opioid Sales Reps Prescribe More Opioids

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From Our Members

  • People are influenced non-consciously all the time time, so this is no surprise. That many doctors believe they're above being non-consciously influenced is also no surprise, in part because we ask doctors to be very confident in general—you have to be to hold the lives of others in your hands. We need

    People are influenced non-consciously all the time time, so this is no surprise. That many doctors believe they're above being non-consciously influenced is also no surprise, in part because we ask doctors to be very confident in general—you have to be to hold the lives of others in your hands. We need to continue to tweak they way drugs are marketed.

  • The U.S. government must intervene in the opioid epidemic, before it overtakes obesity as the #1 cause of death in America.

  • The last line of this article is concerning. I would prefer my doc read about the medication in a peer reviewed journal and understood the results!

  • This isn’t new news. Those with prescribing authority must use their clinical skills to select medication with the least adverse side effect profile. Pharmaceutical reps organizing a meal over a talk about a new med or product isn’t new practice either. “Do no harm” or at the minimum, the least amount of harm.

  • It’s unlikely this comes as a surprise to anyone, even those with the most optimistic views of our healthcare system. What our options for curbing the phenomenon, while remaining mindful of all business’ legal rights? Perhaps requiring the pharmaceutical sales people, or the doctors themselves report

    It’s unlikely this comes as a surprise to anyone, even those with the most optimistic views of our healthcare system. What our options for curbing the phenomenon, while remaining mindful of all business’ legal rights? Perhaps requiring the pharmaceutical sales people, or the doctors themselves report the gifts given/ received, so that the doctors themselves can be more mindful of things that might bias them. Additionally, if hospitals track who is prescribing what, doctors can review what they are prescribing in comparison to their peers, alerting them to any unusual trends. I would not advocate the banning of gifts, because that is a slippery slope towards limiting the right or all companies to market as they choose.